There are many fond memories that I have of my grandmother, Kate Brown. Spending time with her in the garden. Going bowling with her and sister, Demple Franklin. Listening to the stories of what it was like growing up as the daughter of a sharecropper in East Texas. But the memories that often stand out […]
When Erin Clark, 20, discovered Downtown TAY (Transitional Age Youth) in Oakland last year, it’s safe to say she didn’t have a strong sense of herself. As a girl, she had spent time in schools where she was in a tiny minority as an African American and in schools where the mostly African-American student body […]
By Katherine Brown In looking at the negative perception many people have of East Oakland, one would think that there was no opportunity for success, especially amongst youth. With limited resources and outlets to support youth in their professional and academic development, the future seems to be very bleak for young people. However, organizations like […]
By Katherine Brown It is rare to encounter folks that have faced numerous adversities, yet never complain. They continue to hold their heads up high, dig in their heels, and keep pushing for a better outcome. It is even more uncommon to find someone who is willing to sacrifice and give their all so that […]
By Katherine Brown While on this love experience, I learned that you don’t need very many words to define or explain it. 140 will do. To find out more about how folks from Oakland view love – and whether or not it exist in the city – I conducted a few Twitter chats with some […]
As Sergio and I continue to talk about how the tide has turned in The Town, he asks, “Am I a part of this new Oakland? I don’t know. This ain’t Oakland.” I tend to agree. I don’t know how I fit in to what this city has become. With this new wave of Oaklanders, it seems like The Town is being boiled down to a fad – slowly losing its identity as it becomes a caricature of other metropolitan cities.
By Katherine Brown Love So many people use your name in vain Love Those who faith in you sometimes go astray Love Through all the ups and downs the joy and hurt Love For better or worse I still will choose you first Love – Musiq Soulchild L-O-V-E. Love. Such a small word, yet complex […]
By Katherine Brown When trying to identify what makes my neighborhood healthy, I was hard pressed to find glaring examples of what is traditionally associated with “healthy living.” There aren’t any farmers markets, open green spaces, bike lanes, etc. The street that I live on is residential and is pretty quiet, and in some instances, […]
By Katherine Brown It amazes me how priorities change as you grow older. Feats and experiences that seem so trivial now, meant the world to me as an adolescent. One activity in particular was getting a mani-pedi. I wasn’t one of those teens that got my nails done every week – only on special occasions. […]
Is harmony and unity possible in East Oakland? The Laurel Merchant and Laurel District Association strive to prove that it does. The second annual Laurel Holiday Stroll and Donation Drive is just one of over 20 events held in the Laurel District geared towards strengthening relationships between the community and local business.